Tax bill case to cost Pom­pey 10 points

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By IAN WIN­ROW

PORTSMOUTH will be placed into ad­min­is­tra­tion

and hit by a 10-point penalty on Fri­day.

And that will plunge the cri­sis club into the thick of the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

The Frat­ton Park out­fit is fac­ing a wind­ing-up or­der for an un­paid tax bill due to be heard next week.

And that has for ced the club to ap­ply to go into ad­min­is­tra­tion for the sec­ond time in two years.

Play­ers and staf f haven’t been paid since Jan­uary – and the club’s as­sets wer e fr ozen when moves were made to wind the club up. Man­ager Michael Ap­ple­ton

ad­mits his side can’t af­ford to feel sorr y for them­selves when the points de­duc­tion is im­posed.

He said: “The big­gest thing we would have to over come very quickly would be the morale.

“You’ve got to hope that it doesn’t take four or five games for the play­ers to get into their heads what has hap­pened to us.

“You’ve also got to be awar e the teams ar ound you and at the bot­tom of the league will see it as get­ting a sec­ond chance.

“The ef­fect can be detri­men­tal on us but it can also be an ad­van­tage to the other teams down there.”

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